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Juno in June
In the end, Juno left me more with a sense of indifference, of not really caring about what was going to happen in the movie, than anything else. From all that I had read and watched about it, I had expected my reaction to be very different. Juno, the teenage single mother who let herself become pregnant the night she seduced the boy she secretly loved (and should we expect they were supposed to think of protection first?), for all her attitude and her young age, is always presented as a bright kid with a supporting family that we know will land on her feet at the end, so I've never felt her as being in danger, emotional or otherwise. Even Mark, the married 38-year-old guy who still wanted to be a rock star and get back to a younger time, and be able to engage in life story different from that of being a responsible, mature adult with a wife that doesn't understand him, even him could have been an entry point into the movie for me - but he wasn't. Surprisingly enough, it was the lost, wanting, sad look on Jennifer Gardner's face (in her best role so far, a kind of acting that I honestly didn't think she had in her) that made the movie real, it was her normal, uninteresting character that provided the movie balance to stay afloat. She never has any of the great lines that almost everyone else has and she's certainly portrayed as the person more at odds to what Juno (both protagonist and the movie) represents. Her bland, suffering "Vanessa" is lost in a sea of funny, emotionally balanced characters that don't judge Juno's choices and never tell her what to do (just like real life, right?), and as such, she is the closest thing to reality that this fairy tale story, so brilliantly hiding what it really is, has. It wasn't the great movie everyone said it would be, but it had some hilarious lines, good acting, and one of the best soundtracks of recent times. Can't beat that on a sunday afternoon.
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